Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

Clubs

Kingston Association for the Blind Supports the following clubs for blind and visually impaired people living in the Borough of Kingston Upon Thames.

Eye Contact Group -  Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month in New Malden.
Malden and Coombe Blind Club -  Alternate Wednesdays 2.00 – 4.00 p.m in New Malden.
Surbiton Club for the Blind - Tuesday fortnightly 2.00 – 4.00 p.m, Surbiton.
Social Eyes - Alternate Tuesdays 2.00 - 4.00, New Malden.
Lunch Club - Last Thursday of the month, New Malden.
Bowls Club - Meets fortnightly in Chessington.
Kingston Macular Support Group -   2nd Thursday of each month in Kingston.                         Ten Pin Bowling - Runs every Monday excluding Bank Holidays.

Malden and Coombe Blind Club

The Club has been meeting for over 30 years. It meets fortnightly throughout the year on alternate Wednesday afternoons 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. at Christ Church Hall, Coombe Road, New Malden.

Membership is available to registered blind or partially sighted persons who live in New Malden, Kingston, Worcester Park and surrounding areas.

The Club has a varied programme of activities including, music, visits (to Richmond Park, Hampton Court and an annual Thames Cruise) and a Christmas party/luncheon. Members pay 30p for ordinary club meetings which goes towards the cost of a home-made afternoon tea and entertainment. Outings are reasonably priced as they are subsidised from club funds.

Mini bus transport makes it possible for all who need transport to be brought to meetings at a small charge of 30p.

For further information please call the office on 020 8605 0060

Eye Contact Group

The club has been meeting since 1995 and was started by a group of visually impaired people. It meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12.30 – 2.30 p.m. at the MEFAS Hall, Cocks Crescent , New Malden. Membership age range currently covers between 20 – 80 years of age and anyone from Kingston or the surrounding area is very welcome. The club is run by visually impaired people for visually impaired people with the minimum of additional assistance. The Eye Contact Club is a support group and a focus group; the first part of each meeting is formal where future trips and activities are planned, the rest of the meeting is social. Dial A Ride transport makes it possible for most members to attend meetings.

If you require further information about the group please contact Ann Bleckwen (Chair) 020 8397 8537


Surbiton Club for the Blind

The Club has been meeting for over 50 years. It meets fortnightly throughout the year on alternate Tuesday afternoons 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. at Surbiton Hill Methodist Church Hall, Ewell Road, Surbtion (next to the Fire Station).

Membership is available to registered blind or partially sighted persons who live in Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington .

The Club has a varied programme of activities including speakers, music, visits (to Richmond Park, Hampton Court etc) and a Christmas luncheon. Members pay £2 at ordinary meetings in the hall to help towards the cost of a home-made afternoon tea and the entertainment. Outings are reasonably priced as they are subsidised from club funds.

A team of volunteer drivers make it possible for all who need transport to be brought to meetings free of charge.

Further sighted helpers are needed – particularly those who are able to provide transport to and from meetings on a regular or occasional basis when holidays etc reduce the availability of drivers.

For further information please call the office on 020 8605 0060

Social Eyes

The Club has been meeting since 2005. It meets fortnightly throughout the year on alternate Tuesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm at St James's Church Hall Bodley Road, New Malden. Membership is available to Registered Blind or partially sighted people who live in the borough of Kingston.

The club offers various activities alternating between craft, gentle exercise programme and quizzes. The craft sessions are run by a tutor from Busy Lizzie Crafts who bring the materials and ideas.

Transport to and from the club is arranged.

Further sighted helpers and drivers are always needed.

For details call the office on 0208 605 0060

Lunch Club

The club meets on the last Thursday of the month at the MEFAS Hall in Cocks Crescent New Malden.

There is a charge of £3 to cover the cost of light refreshments, normally sandwiches and cake.

For details call the office on 020 8605 0060

Lawn Bowls

Lawn Bowls was established in 2010 and initially was played indoors at King Georges Field on a monthly basis. During 2014 we became members of The Hook and Southborough Bowling Club and started playing weekly outdoors during the summer months. Since then we have continued to play on a fortnightly basis both indoor and out.

The club meets fortnightly for indoor bowling at the King George Field Indoor Bowls Club Chessington (October to April), and at Hook and Southborough Bowls Club Chessington (May to September).

We are happy to play friendly matches with teams local to us. These can be played either home or away, and be either visually impaired or sighted teams.

For details call the office on 020 8605 0060

Kingston Macular Support Group

The group started in early 2009 in conjunction with the Macular Disease Society. It meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10am – 12 p.m. at the Kings Tun Kingston The meetings are open to anyone suffering from central vision loss and their carers are welcome too. The sessions involve informative talks and include light refreshments.

If you require further information about the group please contact David Broughton on 07786 922289

Ten Pin Bowling

Bowlers meet every Monday excluding Bank Holidays. The cost is £3.05 per game and usually 2 games are played. Please wear flat, closed toe, non marking soled shoes

For details call the office on 020 8605 0060